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Lane Spring Camping/Fishing 9/23-9/25

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Well the wife and I went camping at Lane last weekend.  Enjoyed the great weather and the great fishing. It wasn't all peace and quiet but the camping was interesting. Saturday morning I woke up around 545 to people running thru the campground. They were doing some sort of race. Our neighbors were yelling and cussing at them from their tent which was mildly amusing while I was preparing for the creek. I walked out of the campground to see a Bass river resort van and about 30 kayaks on the ground.  The folks who had been running thru camp earlier were now dragging yaks thru the field to the creek.  So I stopped and talked to the Bass guy for a bit and watched the race some. I hope they didn't run into any trouble downstream near Vida... 

I started fishing downstream from the spring about 45 min later. The fishing was decent and the usual soft hackles worked. However, I worked my way back up trying a new to me nymphing style I'm trying to get a grasp of.  I saw it done by Oliver Edwards and is pretty much directly upstream in faster water. Perfect for the Lane area.  I was using a BH Hares ear and once I got used to the process of bringing in line while keeping a dead free drift and no indicator I was in business. The first fish I caught was my PB for the LP.  Made my day!!!  I caught a few more and went back for lunch. The wife accompanied me later but she was more interested in swimming and lounging in a chair. Which was fine.  I actually did some swimming myself. Dang it was cold!!!  

Saturday evening the action at the campground continued. A kid from another campsite had fell at the playground and hurt his shoulder so an ambulance had to come to their site and pick him up... 

Sunday morning was the best time I've had at Lane.  In 2hrs I caught 20+ fish fishing soft hackles down and nymphs back up. Ran into 3 other fisherman on the way back up and had a nice talk with them.  It was an epic weekend in my book. I love this place!!!! 

 

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That's awesome man looks like a fun trip. Congrats on the new personal best from that creek. I'm headed to the Little Piney in t-minus two weeks from saturday and this report got me pumped up. The new nymphing style you're referring to, this wouldn't be czech nymphing would it?

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It is different from Czech nymphing. From what ive read on that style they use long rods with short casts where the fly line isn't really touching the water. It is a tight line method and, while the technique i was employing does call for keeping in contact with the line while bringing in slack, it does allow for casting out line as far out as one is comfortable with on the "drift" back. I was using a 6'4" short rod.  I have added the link below on what i was trying to achieve. Hope this helps and good luck on your trip!!!

 

 

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As always a great job on the wild ones! Great looking fish and congrats on developing a new nymphing technique.

I'm too fixated upon brown trout lately and drove right by Lane Spring ... again. Maybe if I knew a guy that knows this section real well.. ;)

Do they close that area in the winter?

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They close the gate to Lane beginning Nov 1st i believe, however, one can still access the park at the gate.  i went 6 times last fall/winter.  There is a parking area at the gate and you can walk down the hill into the park.  I'd definitely be down for some winter fishing at Lane and be happy to show you around!!!

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4 hours ago, Eric82 said:

I'd definitely be down for some winter fishing at Lane and be happy to show you around!!!

I appreciate that Eric82. It may have to be late Nov or even Jan. A lot going on at work and as I mentioned working towards my brown trout goals for the year plus whatever hunting I may try to get in this fall.

4 hours ago, JestersHK said:

I mean if you 2 needed some guy to carry all of your gear around for a chance to find some brownies I could possibly fit that description

JHK

I wouldn't mind a caddie for my next brown trout trip. I'll play the olive mohair leech on this undercut bank and rock run. I still have to get one in Roaring river and Taneycomo. I believe that you are pretty familiar with that last one, especially on the night bite.

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HAHA sounds like a date then :) !  

As for Taney I am working on a trip down there hopefully before the end of this month  with my cuz and to sync up with Phil.  Pretty sure we can cross that Taney Brownie off the list if we get a night or 2 in for sure.  I'll shoot ya a PM once we have dates set.  Have a fam trip booked already for late November as well so we have some options.  

Love me some fall fishing!

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